Spring clean up when you can't burn
I have a wildflower meadow that is about 1000 sq. ft. I nearly killed myself this weekend cutting back the dried stems from last year. They grow abou 5 ft. tall and are tough and woody. The string trimmer didn't even dent them. I ended up using a dethatching rake to drag through the mess. I need some sort of cutter but am intimidated by the thought of a scythe. What do people use to cut stuff like this?
I know the preferred method is to burn it off but my neighbors and the town fire department would have a conniption fit if I tried it in my back yard.
I am looking at this tool from Lehman's. Has anyone used something like this?
Here is a link that might be useful: My natives blog